Australians stand together in the wake of the bushfires on Kangaroo Island

Mark Maxwell of Maxwell Wines at McLaren Vale will hold a charity dinner on Saturday, January 25.
Mark Maxwell of Maxwell Wines at McLaren Vale will hold a charity dinner on Saturday, January 25.

The true spirit of Australian mate ship and compassion is alive and well in the Fleurieu region as thousands of people have opened their hearts and their pockets to assist in the rebuilding of Kangaroo Island in the wake of the recent bush fires.

Businesses, community organisations, even existing charities and local residents along with holiday makers have dug deep into their pockets to help raise funds to rebuild and get Kangaroo Island back on track.

Fund raising events are springing up everywhere and even organisations that have their own charter have decided to redirect some of their fund raising efforts to help those on the island.

Red Cross will hold a fundraising quiz night on January 31 at the Encounter Bay Football Clubrooms.

The Causeway Business Precinct are donating 25 per cent of gross sales on Australia Day (January 26) to the Kangaroo Island Mayoral Relief and Recovery Fund.

The Encounter Bay Football club will hold a fund raiser quiz night on Friday, January 24 with proceeds going towards the rebuilding of the Western District Sports club on Kangaroo Island.

Encounter Celebrations committee have put their own fund raising campaign on hold while diverting the proceeds from a barbecue held to the island rebuild.

The local Zonta Club will stage their major annual fund raiser music and fashion extravaganza titled 'Leap Back in Time' on Saturday, February 29 and they will now hold a raffle on that evening with funds going to the Kangaroo Island appeal.

The business community has also rallied with companies like Phil Hoffmann Travel not only giving cash donations, but staff are helping out with blankets and other aids to help the native animal victims of the fire to regain their health.

Service clubs like the Yankalilla Lions Club, the Victor Harbor and Port Elliot Lions Club, to name just a few, are giving donations and it seems everyone is hell bent on getting Kangaroo Island back to normal as quickly as possible .

Maxwell Wines at McLaren Vale will hold a charity dinner on Saturday, January 25, at the winery with all proceeds to the region of the island where they have been receiving grapes for Maxwell's special Kangaroo Island wine and their natural honey for many years.

Now sadly, the vineyards are all gone and many of the bees have had their hives destroyed in the bushfires.

Mark Maxwell said it was a sad time for all.

"We want to do something positive and will be holding a real Australian fare dinner to raise funds for those who have lost so much," he said.

It seems that everyone has risen to the occasion to ensure KI neighbors get back on their feet quickly and this community must be congratulated for their efforts in helping those in need at this difficult time.

The unprecedented fires over the last few weeks and now leading up to Australia Day have highlighted the fact that the Aussie spirit is alive and well. Congratulations to this community for their special efforts.